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01 January 2005 @ 11:29 pm
I decided to open the bottle of holiday champagne my boss had given me. My understanding is that a really good bottle of champagne does not pop wildly off as in the movies, and though I have no idea of quality, I had hopes that I'd been given something decent. The little protective wire mesh holding the cork in scared me a bit, but I worked it off and then began thumbing the cork cautiously, and all of a sudden--


It was like a gun being shot off--the cork ricocheted off the wall and disappeared somewhere behind my TV set, leaving my ears ringing.

I should have done that about 24 hours ago as the fireworks were going off.


My ears. are. *ringing*.
abbyleeabbylee on January 2nd, 2005 07:42 am (UTC)
My friends and I will often share a bottle of cheap ($10 fake) champagne for special occasions, and they never blow on us. I think the important part is how you open it.

I usually open it by grasping the cork with my right (strong) hand and holding the bottle with my left hand. I then gently twist and pull back on the bottle with my left, while still holding the cork with my right hand. This keeps it under control, and means that the cork doesn't go flying at anyone. Of course, I minimize accidents by still being careful in which direction I was pointing.

Then again, I could be totally wrong.
raqsraqs on January 2nd, 2005 07:47 am (UTC)
well-CHILLED, unagitated champagne will not pop like that. it has nothing to do with the quality of the champagne, just the situation in which it's been recently stored.

anyway, did ya drink it? cause that's the good part. Toast!
ex_dovil323 on January 2nd, 2005 07:54 am (UTC)
Or you could try my handy dandy way for opening wine bottles.

"I need a big strong man to open this bottle because I'm weak and girlish and oh so delicate." And once I've recovered from my fainting spell I'm clutching that glass of wine.

Alternatively if no one is about to use as your slave monkey grab the base of the bottle, swing it towards a solid surface smashing off the top end, find the least jagged part to drink from and then proceed to drink quickly spitting out glass shards as you go. But don't forget to place bandaids on both lips and gums once finished!

I've been reading WAY too much prawn because I ready that as 'the cock ricocheted off the wall'. Ow and Ew.
Destina: sam smile - selluinaerdestina on January 2nd, 2005 08:03 am (UTC)
My father told me once that any bottle of champagne could go off like a rocket, so I should never, ever open a bottle unless it's pointed away from me. Otherwise, it's like getting a Red Ryder BB gun; you'll shoot your eye out. *g*
Jane Bluestockingj_bluestocking on January 2nd, 2005 08:30 am (UTC)
I broke a ceiling tile once with one o'them dangerous implements.
The Prettiest. No really, I am.: Kennedysaucy_wench on January 2nd, 2005 08:39 am (UTC)
Oh God, I thought I was the only one that happened to!

Ceiling tile and a lamp. I'm destructo gal.
ex_dovil323 on January 2nd, 2005 08:51 am (UTC)
My father almost knocked out my grandmother once at a Christmas get together. Well, he winged her and sent a cousin tumbling to the floor. Good times.
Nashnashmaveric on January 2nd, 2005 08:44 am (UTC)
Have absolutely no knowledge about champagne and its qualities. One fairly important question though: Did it taste good? ::grin::
kaydee23kaydee23 on January 2nd, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
Those things are dangerous. Years and years ago a friend of mine was at a New Year's party. She was trying to work it out so she'd end up getting a kiss or at least a hug from her crush. Well, someone opened a bottle of champagne and the cork popper her in the eye and knocked her out for awhile. Luckily, she didn't lose her eye. Unluckily, when she came to, her crush was kissing someone else. Drats.
Cicercicer on January 2nd, 2005 11:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, those things can be really dangerous. My father was a bartender in his twenties, so he always taught me to put a dishtowel over the cork, grip the bottle firmly, make sure it's pointing away from any people that are nearby, and away from windows or other glass objects, and twist both the cork and the bottle, in opposite directions. Apparently that's the way professionals do it, or so he says.